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But that the Holy Ghost calletla me by the gospel, enlighteneth me with his gifts, sanctifieth and preserveth me in the true faith;
Even as he calleth, gathereth, enlighteneth, and sanctifieth the whole church on earth, which he keepeth by Jesus Christ in the only true faith;
In which Christian church, God forgiveth me and every believer all sin daily and abundantly,
This I assuredly believe. I believe, that by holy baptism I am embodied as a member of the church of Christ, which he hath loved, and for which he gave himself, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. Amen.
In this communion of saints my faith is placed upon my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who died for us, and shed his blood on the cross for the remission of sins, and who hath granted unto me his body and blood in the Lord's Supper, as a pledge of grace; as the Scripture saith, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread : and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also, our Lord Jesus Christ, when he had supped, took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it ; this is my blood, the blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. Amen.
I have a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better ; I shall never taste death; yea, I shall attain unto the resurrection of the dead: for the body which I shall put off, this grain of corruptibility, shall put on incorruption : my flesh shall rest in hope.
And the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, shall also quicken these our mortal bodies, if so be that the Spirit of God hath dwelled in them. Amen.
Hear us, gracious Lord and God; And keep us in everlasting fellowship with our brethren, and with our sisters, who have entered into the joy of their Lord ;
Also with the servants and handmaids of our church, whom thou hast called home in the past year, and with the whole church triumphant; and let us rest together in thy presence from our labours. Amen.
T. 15. They are at rest in lasting bliss,
Beholding Christ our Saviour:
To live with him for ever.
Glory be to Him who is the Resurrection and the Life ; He was dead, and behold, He is alive for evermore ; And he that believeth in Him, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
Glory be to Him in the church which waiteth for Him, and in that which is around Him ; for ever and ever, Amen. T. 151. p. 2. Grant us to lean unshaken
Upon thy faithfulness,
To see thee face to face. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with us all.
LITANIES AT BAPTISM.
BAPTISM OF CHILDREN, No. 1,
After the singing of a suitable hymn, and a short discourse. CHRIST, thou Lamb of God, which takest away the sin of the world,
Leave thy peace with us: Amen. By thy holy sacraments,
Bless us, gracious Lord and God. Baptism is the answer of a good conscience towards God, who hath saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which is shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Children, also, may be made partakers of this grace;
For Christ hath said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. T. 90. An infant we present to thee,--As thy redeemed property,
And thee most fervently entreat-Thyself this child to consecrate
By baptism, and its soul to bless.-Out of the fulness of thy grace.
(The child having been brought in, the minister offers up a prayer.) Ye who are baptized into Christ Jesus, how were ye baptized ?
Into his death. N. N., into the death of Jesus I baptize thee, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
(During the imposition of hands the minister continues;) Now art thou buried with him by baptism into his death ;
In the name of Jesus : Amen.
Now therefore live, yet not thou, but Christ live in thee; and the life which thou now livest in the flesh, live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved thee, and gave himself for thee, T. 132. p. 2. This grant according to thy word,
Jesus Christ our only Lord,
O Father; Son, and Spirit. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee i The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace;,
In the name of Jesus :Amen..
(Questions which may be put to the children and answered by them.) 1. What is baptism ?? 2. May children also be made partakers of this grace? 3. What is the ground of this hope ?
BAPTISM OF CHILDREN. No. 2:.
After the singing of a suitable hymn, and a short discourse.
Have mercy upon us, and give us thy peace.
Bless us, gracious Lord and God. Baptism was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, who said unto bis: disciples, Go ye, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost : teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
He also gave this promise, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.
In baptism, we have assurance of the forgiveness and washing away of sin, by the blood of Jesus Christ, who loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he wight sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. As many of us as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christo.
T. 22. The Saviour's blood and righteousness
Our beauty is, our glorious dress;
When in his presence we appear.
For Christ hath said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
(The child having been brought in, the minister offers up a prayer.) Ye who are baptized into Christ Jesus, how were ye baptized !
Into his death. N.N., into the death of Jesus I baptize thee, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
(During the imposition of hands the minister continues :) Now art thou buried with him by baptism into his death;
In the name of Jesus; Amen. Now therefore live, yet not thou, but Christ live in thee; and the life which thou now livest in the flesh, live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved thee, and gave himself for thee.
T. 58. That our Lord's views with Him may be attain'd,
We now commend this child, with faith unfeign'd,
Hear us, O Lord.
(Questions which may be put to the children and answered by them.) 1. Who instituted baptism? 2.. What promise did he give? 3. What assurance have we in baptism ?
BAPTISM OF ADULTS.
T. 22. Christ, the almighty Son of God,
Took on him human flesh and blood,
To save us from eternal death.
(After a short discourse follow these petitions.) Lord God, Our FATHER which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever : Amen..
Lord God, Son, thou Saviour of the world,
Be gracious unto us. Lord God, HOLY Gaost,
Abide with us forever.
1. 132. p. 2. Thon LAMB once slain, our God and Lord,
To needy prayers thine ear afford,
And on us all have mercy.
By thy divine presence,
Bless us, gracious Lord and God.
(Questions put to the candidate for baptism.)
Dost thou believe in God the Father, almighty Maker and Preserver of heaven and earth ?
ANSWER. I do.
Dost thou believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, our Lord, who loved us, and gave himself for us?
ANSWER, I do..
Dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting!
ANSWER. I do.
Dost thou believe that thou art a sinful creature, deserving of wrath and eternal punishment?
ANSWER. I verily believe it.
Dost thou believe that Jesus Christ is thy Lord, who redeemed thee, a lost and undone human creature, from sin, from death, and from the power of the devil, with his innocent suffering and dying, and with his holy and precious blood ?
ANSWER. I verily believe it.